Monday, February 27, 2017

A posie of pansies

Pansies, those little faces on the flowers that come in various colors and yet they all live in harmony together. Is that the reason why we all inherently love them? Do they depict some form of perfection that eludes us so often?

But I digress! I relaxed with my Prismacolor pencils to bring these pansies off the page while at the same time completing another lesson in the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature class. Once completed, I cut the panel out with the second stitched rectangle die in the nested set and glued it to the cardbase.

Using my self made stamp positioning tool, I added the sentiment to complete the card.

General supplies:
Canson XL Drawing 70 lb for the colored image
Happy Birthday sentiment from the Stampabilities Card Phrases stamp set
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Cardbase from Paper Studio
Gina Marie design stitched rectangle die #2
Prismacolor pencils

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Somewhat vintage...

Today's post features this card

This lavender in the rusty watering can is another lesson from my Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature class. I just loved how the organic rustiness came out on the can. Also the depth in the tiny lavender flowers.

The image just gave me the feeling of earthiness and I loved it pieced against the rose card base. I cut the panel with my newly acquired Gina Marie Design stitched rectangle dies - doing partial die cutting to get the stitching only on the two long sides of the flower panel.

Then I added a sentiment that I cut out on my Silhouette machine and coated the same with a little Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen. I love the Wink of Stella, it adds a bit of shimmer without overloading with bling and the brush tip makes adding it to very defined areas quite simple.

And today the mailman is carrying this card to a dear friend...

General supplies:
Canson XL Drawing 70 lb for the colored image
Black cardstock cut with Silhouette for sentiment
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Cardbase from Paper Studio Sophia Grace collection
Prismacolor pencils

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Watercolor paper with no water

A small 4 x 6 pad of watercolor paper had found its way into my crafty stash quite a while ago. Now was the time to try it out with my pencils. I had seen a number of people use watercolor paper for pencil coloring. I was amazed at how I was able to apply numerous layers of color and thus get intense colors with my Prismacolor pencils. The paper sure is "toothy".

The image is one of my trusty Wild Rose Studio teddy bear stamps. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink using my stamp positioning tool so I could do multiple stampings on the rough paper. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness stamp set. I colored the image with my Prismacolors and then applied the card panel to a sunny yellow Paper Studio cardbase.

I definitely want to try some more images on watercolor paper. I may have to build up my stamp collection as this paper is too thick to comfortably print on...

General supplies:
Master's Touch 4 x 6 watercolor paper for card panel
Wild Rose Studio Raining Roses stamp
Hero Arts Acts of Kindness stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A little inking on the background

So today's card does not have one pencil line on it! I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. This is a technique I had seen Jennifer McQuire do often on her YouTube channel and I just wanted to try it. I don't have Distress Inks, but was sure it would work with my Memento Dye inks also. Nothing like trying to know, right?

I stamped the image with Versamark ink and then embossed it with clear sparkly embossing power. Then applied four colors of ink with sponge daubers from top to bottom. The magical way in which the image appeared was amazing.

The sentiment is a cardstock cut done on my Silhouette machine. I applied the card panel to a Paper Studio card base and called it done. Simple and yet sweet.

General supplies:
White cardstock for card panel
Black cardstock cut with Silhouette for sentiment
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder
Memento inks

Monday, February 20, 2017

A rose and a heart

Today I want to share a new card that I made. The focal point on this card, the rose, is from the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature class - rose lesson. I colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils and then fussy cut it out.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the heart out of red cardstock and the sentiment out of black cardstock. To add a bit of shimmer to the heart, I coated it with clear Wink of Stella. I just love shimmer/glitter.

The card panel is white cardstock that I embossed with the Darice music sheet embossing folder and then applied the panel onto a white Paper Studio Simply Solids white cardbase.

General supplies:
Canson XL Drawing 70 lb for the rose
Black cardstock cut with Silhouette for sentiment
Red cardstock cut with Silhouette for heart
White cardstock embossed with the Darice music sheet embossing folder for the card panel
Prismacolor pencils

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Starting off with a challenge

What a better way to start out a new venture than with a challenge. I am a member of the Kit and Clowder Facebook group and challenges happen there from time to time - well actually quite often.

This one is to use the digital stamp Gentle as Breeze by Ching Chou Kuik. Any medium could be used to color the image and so of course I was in it with my Prismacolors. I decided to add another page to my long neglected art journal as the key in the girl's hand just popped off the page at me.

The image is colored with Prismacolors and the background is done with a light blue soft pastel that I rubbed with my finger. I added a bit of sparkle with a silver metallic gel pen for her jewelry and a gold metallic gel pen for the key. Highlights in her eyes were added with a white gel pen.

I framed the image with pink glitter washi tape and then covered the join with a black cardstock frame that I had whipped up in my Silhouette software.

I printed the sentiment out and cut the single words out to be able to position them in a haphazard manner at the top and bottom of the image.

General supplies:
Canson XL Drawing 70 lb for the image
Light blue soft pastel for background
Pink glitter washi tape
Black cardstock cut with Silhouette for frame
White cardstock with printed sentiment
Prismacolor pencils
Gel pens
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